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What Jeremy Pruitt said after the West Virginia loss

NCAA Football: Tennessee at West Virginia Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The Tennessee Volunteers fell 40-14 to the West Virginia Mountaineers in Charlotte on Saturday afternoon. It was a rough start to the Jeremy Pruitt era. Here’s what he had to say about his debut game.

  • “(West Virginia) got better as the game went, which is what a good team is supposed to do. We didn’t. I think our guys fought hard in the first half, but kind of shot ourselves in the foot a little bit with some penalties, some lack of execution.”
  • “Against a good team like that, you can’t give them a whole lot of time. I don’t know how much pressure we got on them, but they did a really good job at protecting the quarterback. He got away from us and extended plays. In the second half, the guy made some throws.”
  • “What went from being a close football game — with a lack of execution and execution on their part — you know, it gets out of hand just like that. That’s what happens when you’ve got a team that’s very well coached and has a good trigger man.”
  • “Offensively for us in the first half, we really shot ourselves in the foot. Those guys did a really nice job of mixing up the looks and stemming around. Way too many negative plays and we got behind in down and distance. Our guys did punch it in a put a good drive together, 17 plays and got us back in the football game. They did some good things as the game went — there are a lot of positives. But the most important thing is who wins and loses the game.”
  • “I’m gonna look at our football team and look at the things that we did well — and there’s lots of things that we did well. Probably one of the biggest problems that we had was that we were inconsistent. We’ve got to be able to do that. If you’re going to be a good football team, you can’t make mental mistakes.”
  • “We can sit here and waller in it, or we can figure out a way to make us better. I think that’s what our guys will try to do.”